Aya In the sun, KOK
Medium: Pastel oil on drawing paper
Size: 64x49cm (with frame)
It’s the only one in the series that uses colored pastel.
The model Aya is a young Cambodian girl that the artist KOK met on Phnom Penh riverside. He asked her if she would accept being photographed as a model for its painting. As many Asian women she’s very surprised about the request because she doesn’t understand what could be interesting about her face, as her darker skin doesn’t fit with the stereotypes of Khmer beauty.
ម៉ូដែល អាយ៉ា គឺជាក្មេងស្រីវយ័ក្មេងមួយរូបដែលវិចិត្យករKOKបានជួបនៅមាត់ទន្លេភ្នំពេញ។ គាត់បានសួរនាងជាមុន ថាតើនាងយល់ព្រមធ្វើជាម៉ូឌែលដើម្បីឲ្យគាត់ថតរូបហើយយករូបនោះធ្វើជាគំនូរ។ ដូចជាស្ត្រីអាស៊ីភាគច្រើនដែរ នាងភ្ញាក់ផ្អើលនឹងសំណូមពរនេះ ពីព្រោះនាងមិនយល់ ថាតើមុខរបស់នាងមានភាពទាក់ទាញត្រង់ណា រីឯស្បែកនាង សម្បុរខ្មៅ ដែរមិនសមថាស្អាត យោងតាមគំនិតសង្គមខ្មែរមួយចំនួន។
About the Artist:
Coming from the 80s and 90s punk rock scene, KOK is a musician and cartoonist trained at the Beaux-arts de Bordeaux and Les Arts Appliqués de la Gironde.
The all-digital nature of comics no longer allowed him to sell originals, so KOK returned to painting in 2006 and started with a “comic-style”, followed by a conceptual and modern approach to portraiture influenced by female issues and women’s rights.
He has exhibited in France and internationally, most recently at the Institut Francais of Bangkok, Thailand.